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# Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi

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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
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Hi Moderators, Bunuel

Can you edit the post with the question and answer choices

Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televised political messages, most televised political advertisements, like commercial advertisements, took the form of short messages. Last year, however, one candidate produced a half-hour-long advertisement. At the beginning of the half-hour slot a substantial portion of the viewing public had tuned into that station. Clearly, then, many more people are interested in lengthy televised political messages than was previously thought.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A)The candidate who produced the half-hour-long advertisement did not win election at the polls.
(C) The half-hour-long advertisement was aired during a time slot normally taken by one of the most popular prime-time shows.
(D)Most short political advertisements are aired during a wide range of programs in order to reach abroad spectrum of viewers
(E)In general a regular -length television program that features debate about current political issues depends for its appeal on the personal qualities of the program’s moderator.

Would be helpful for community members.
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Ok now I got it. Thank you dchow23 and kraizada84. +1
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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]

Basically we have the following

Since many people tuned in at the beginning of a lengthy political commercial ----> people's interest in lengthy commercials is there (or people now have interest in long political commercials)

C provides an alternate cause for why people tuned in to that program. Hence, it weakens the argument.

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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
IMO C........

Tricky one...... thought b was best answer....but it should be C.........as b still means ppl are interested in long ad.
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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
Option C , provides an alternative reason, why many people area watching it.

Therefore the answer is Option C.
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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
Imo C
IF viewers are not aware about the change in the program timing and if that program is very popular like Game of Thrones people are going to tune in to that slot.But to their surprise they find a half hour long political message , people are surely going to switch the TV as soon as they see it .
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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
IMO C for obvious reasons - it says quite clearly that the message aired during an empty prime time TV show slot --> so inadvertently people watched it.
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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
Probus wrote:
Hi Moderators, Bunuel

Can you edit the post with the question and answer choices

Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televised political messages, most televised political advertisements, like commercial advertisements, took the form of short messages. Last year, however, one candidate produced a half-hour-long advertisement. At the beginning of the half-hour slot a substantial portion of the viewing public had tuned into that station. Clearly, then, many more people are interested in lengthy televised political messages than was previously thought.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A)The candidate who produced the half-hour-long advertisement did not win election at the polls.
(C) The half-hour-long advertisement was aired during a time slot normally taken by one of the most popular prime-time shows.
(D)Most short political advertisements are aired during a wide range of programs in order to reach abroad spectrum of viewers
(E)In general a regular -length television program that features debate about current political issues depends for its appeal on the personal qualities of the program’s moderator.

Would be helpful for community members.
Probus

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Edited. Thank you.
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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
The passage states that because many people tuned their channels to the station which had started airing the half hour long speech, it can be concluded that people not only like small channels as is generally known, but also like long speeches, unlike what was believed earlier.

We have to find a gap or a scenario which can weaken this conclusion. In short, we have to try and prove that people actually don't like long speeches as is being concluded now. What if many people came to the channel without knowing what was being played at that channel at that moment, and by chance bumped into this long speech. Also, what if people sure came to the channel knowingly or unknowingly, but did not stay long enough so as to help us conclude that they like long speeches.

Looking at options :

A) Well, the candidate can normally be judged on many other parameters as well. May be people liked his speech but not his personality or actions on the ground level. May be people just listened to him so as to know what is going on in the minds of politicians nowadays. This option does not have a strong link with the conclusion. It should be an incorrect choice.

B) If the ad was advertised for very long, it makes one of my weaken points nullified. It actually means that people did not just unknowingly bumped into the ad. They knew very well what it will contain and for how long it will last.It shows that they came to listen with interest. If they had no interest, they would never have come in the first place. This option acts as a strengthener. Incorrect choice.

C) If this ad was aired during a time slot normally taken by a very famous show, it becomes likely that people wanted to see that show, but accidentally happened to be present at the beginning of this long ad. In such a case, its difficult to conclude that they came because they were interested. This option acts a weaken statement and is correct.

D) This option talks about how the small ads are shown to the public, but does not talk about the long ones. It seems to have no link and is only trying to divert our attention to short length ads. Incorrect choice.

E) So a regular length program is famous if the moderator has good qualities. This option hints that the moderator of this long ad was in fact liked by the public, so people came in large numbers. This adds weight to the conclusion and is definitely not the correct choice.

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Re: Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televi [#permalink]
Because it was long thought that few people would watch lengthy televised political messages, most televised political advertisements, like commercial advertisements, took the form of short messages. Last year, however, one candidate produced a half-hour-long advertisement. At the beginning of the half-hour slot a substantial portion of the viewing public had tuned into that station. Clearly, then, many more people are interested in lengthy televised political messages than was previously thought.

It is worth noticing the words "At the beginning of the half-hour slot" This can help us ask the question what about the end? Did the people stay till the end? did they leave? If we got to weaken the argument we got to show that the viewership was a lot only at the beginning due to some reason
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